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or communities, and to my colleagues in the connecticut delegation and especially to mr. murphy who represents newtown, my thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this really difficult and incomprehensible time. but be assured that as a member of congress, i'm going to work with you, i'm going to continue to pray with you, and i'm going to make certain that this doesn't happen again because we have an obligation, we know what our to-do list is and we have only to do it before year's end and with that i yield. . mr. murphy: i yield to the gentleman from new york, mr. engel. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. engel: mr. speaker, i have been to newtown, connecticut, and it's less than an hour's drive from my congressional district. we mourn all the people who lost their lives on friday, including 20 elementary school children and six educators. over the past few years, we have seen innocent lives lost to gun violence in a supermarket parking lot in arizona, a movie theater in colorado, an army base in texas, a college campus in virginia and now an elementary school
in newtown connecticut to avoid such events in the future. like most americans, we were shocked by what happened. like all americans, we've been discussing all of the various options that are available to protect our children. and at this point we would like to share our thinking with you. and for that purpose i'd like to introduce wayne lapierre, our executive vice president. thank you for being with us. at the end of this conference we will not be taking questions but next week we will be available to any of you who are interested in talking about these or other issues of interest to you so contact us at that point. thank you very much. wayne. >> good morning. the national rifle association, 4 million mothers, father's, sons and daughters join the nation in horror, outrage, grief and earnest prayer for the families of newtown, connecticut who have suffered such an incomprehensible loss as a result of this unspeakable crime. out of respect for the families and until the facts are known, the n.r.a. has refrained from comment. while some have tried to exploit tragedy for political gain,
obama can reaction to the connecticut school shooting. then the ceo of bank of america on the future of home ownership. after that a look at the so- called fiscal cliff on tax filings. >> the white house was very controversial. they submitted a design for the palace. this was not particularly of inspiring. the answer he gets said the building served its purpose. if it were larger and more elegant perhaps some president would be inclined to beat it permanent residents. >> niki -- and vicki goldberg has favorite white house photograph. what sunday evening at 7:30 p.m. eastern. >> as president obama begins a second term in office, what is the most important issue he should consider in 2014? >> if you are in great 6312 share your message of the president. >> now president obama on the school shooting in connecticut. the president said it is time for the country to "take meaningful action." he was first notified by, and security adviser. he ordered flags at half mast. >> this afternoon, i spoke with governor malloy and fbi director mueller. i offered governor malloy my condolences on beha
babies we lost most recently in connecticut. put down those guns. don't even think about it because one bullet, just one bullet will kill the party. please, america, put down those guns. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the the gentlewoman from the virgin islands rise? mrs. christensen: to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. christensen: thank you. it will be very hard to wish the american people happy new year unless this congress reaches and passes an agreement that keeps tankses from going up on the 98% who already have had to sacrifice during the recession, that extends unemployment, enables doctors to continue to care for their medicare beneficiaries, fixes the a.m.t., provides disaster recovery money to help our fellow americans, and passes a farm bill. democrats agreed last year to $1.5 trillion in cuts over the next 10 years, which are already in place. president obama offered several concessions. now republicans need to give up at least an equal amount on the revenue side. right now,
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